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Regent SIFE Wins 5th Consecutive Regional Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Team advances to Dallas to Contend for National Championship | March 30, 2007

Regent University 2007 Regional Champion Students in Free Enterprise Team

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Regent University Students in Free Enterprise Team won their fifth consecutive regional championship at the SIFE Regional Exposition & Competition for Charlotte on March 22.

The 27 competing university and college teams were divided into five leagues. Regent SIFE won over Gardner-Webb University, Livingstone College and Christopher Newport University. Emmanuel College from Georgia also advanced from the league to the national competition. This regional victory now propels Regent SIFE toward the national competition in Dallas, Texas May 6-8.

The team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion after presenting a 24-minute summary of its year-long community outreach projects to a judging panel of business executives and leaders.

Judges were comprised of executives and recruiters from Acosta Sales and Marketing Company, Aflac, Best Buy, Cintas, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, FritoLay, HSBC Banking, JC Penney, Kellogg's, Maersk, Nestle, Purina, Rubbermaid, Schwan Food Company, Unilever, Walgreen and Wells Fargo. Students also had the opportunity to meet with the corporate recruiters and share their resumes with them.

"Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our team members, advisors and supporters, we were able to complete projects, write a script, create a video presentation and get six very talented presenters to Charlotte to tell our story to the world!," said Regent SIFE Co-director Bob Van Hees.

Regent SIFE will now go on to vie with 200 other regional winners at the SIFE USA National Exposition & Competition, May 6-8 in Dallas, Texas. If victorious, the team will join national SIFE team champions from 45 other countries in October for the World Cup competition in New York City.

Regent SIFE consists of 23 student members under the guidance of Dr. A. Gregory Stone and Dr. Shauna Tonkin, faculty advisors. Presenters this year were John C. Rajan, Feyisara J. Alayande, Jennifer Thornton and Maran Maayah from the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship (GLE). They were joined by Simi Komolafe from the School of Communication & the Arts and Jeremiah Stiefel from the School of Government.

In preparation for the regional competition, each team member contributed weeks of work and countless hours to the creation of a 24-minute multimedia annual report, highlighting several of the top projects the team had worked on during the academic year. Using the theme "Making Dreams Come True," Regent SIFE showcased their projects that impacted the lives of those in the communities they served. Projects included Biz4Kids, a program at Norview High School that teaches youth the basics of starting a business.

Van Hees added, "Our team members have not only helped others to make their dreams come true, but each of us has been transformed through community empowerment and servant leadership. It has been a wonderful professional and personal growth opportunity."

The Edible Schoolyard was an innovative new program that allowed the students at Norview High School to apply what they had learned from the Biz4Kids training. This real vegetable garden now gives them the opportunity to sell their produce at the local farmers market. Other SIFE projects included The Lowdown on Downloading project that addressed the ethics of illegally downloading movies, music and games from the Internet.

According to Stone, there are two things that stand out as making this team successful and so well-respected by their competitors. "This team uses innovation as a tool, and then is willing to give all their trade secrets away," Stone explained. "You can never out give God, and this team puts the Law of Reciprocity to the test every year only to reconfirm its truth!"

"It's not just about the competition and winning trophies," said Simi Komolafe, journalism major in the School of Communication & the Arts. "This is where students take their knowledge and apply it to impact the community and make it better. You see students grow, put ministry into action and help people literally make their dreams come true through SIFE's community outreach projects."

SIFE is an international not-for-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on: market economics, entrepreneurship, success skills, financial literacy and business ethics. To learn more about Students In Free Enterprise, visit the Regent SIFE website at http://www.regent.edu/sife or contact the directors at sife@regent.edu.


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